Men Dropping Out of the Workforce: A Sign of More Opportunities for Everyone?
After decades of gains in earnings and opportunity, economically empowered women are in a stronger position to support households with nonworking men.
When I think of the working-age men I know who choose not to work, they all have something in common: a woman who earns enough to support them both. One of the big economic mysteries of our time has become why men in the prime age group of 25 to 54 are leaving the labor force. What are they doing instead? Why don’t they want to work? How do they support themselves? Those are still largely unanswered questions, but I wondered if some of my personal acquaintances offered a clue.
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Allison Schrager is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal.
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